Caching query strings
WP Rocket does not cache pages with query strings by default, although there are some very specific exceptions (see below).
A query string is where you have a URL that contains a question mark followed by a parameter and a value, like this:
In this case,
country is the parameter and
italy is the value.
If you want these types of pages to be cached, go to the Advanced Rules settings tab, and add each parameter in the Cache Query String(s) text field (one per line):
When you do this, a dedicated cache file will be generated for each value the parameter
country receives in a URL.
If there are multiple parameters in a URL, as long as one of your specified parameters is present, the page will be cached.
For example, if
country is a cached parameter, the following URL will be cached:
Additionally, all special characters included in parameters will be stripped from the box but will still work. For example, if you have a
country parameter, the Cache Query String(s) box will only show
country. Despite this setting behavior, the caching will work for URLs such as
Ignored query string parameters with standard caching
For all of the parameters listed below, WP Rocket will ignore the query string and serve the standard cache file, regardless of any parameter values in the URL. Here’s what that means:
example.com/about-us/?gclid=something example.com/about-us/?gclid=somethingelse // will BOTH receive the cache file from: example.com/about-us/
If you would like to customize the list of ignored parameters, please see this guide.
- Age Verify plugin:
- Cookie Notice:
Adobe Advertising Cloud
Google Analytics and Ads:
Google Web Stories:
Please note: A dedicated cache file will be created when the parameters found in the dedicated caching section below or those placed on the Advanced Rules tab referenced above are included in the URL.
URLs with multiple ignored parameters
A query string can also contain multiple parameter/value pairs, chained by
& characters. Example:
In cases where you have a mixture of ignored parameters (from the list above) and others not on the list, the page will not be cached. Parameters in the URL must all be present in the ignored list for the page to be cached.
Parameters with dedicated caching
For all of the parameters listed above, WP Rocket will serve the dedicated cache file, depending on the parameter values in the URL. Here’s what that means:
example.com/about-us/?lang=english example.com/about-us/?lang=french // will create a dedicated cache file for their parameter/value pairs: ?lang=english ?lang=french
WooCommerce Geolocation Support
In WooCommerce there is the option to enable Geolocation (with page caching support):
When that option is active, WooCommerce appends a query string to each URL, like this:
WP Rocket automatically caches those parameters.
Search results (dedicated caching)
The standard parameter for WordPress search results is:
However, the Cache query strings option will not enable caching for this parameter. To cache search results, please install the helper plugin found here.